Poz Vibe Podcast
This year’s Noel Walsh HIV Activism Award was presented to the Poz Vibe Podcast, hosted by Robbie Lawlor and Veda Lady. Poz Vibe Podcast is a show for people living with HIV, their friends, family and allies. For the last year, they have affected positive change over the airwaves for those living with the disease, offering a safe place for HIVIPs to share their stories.
During their acceptance speech, Veda shared, “This award makes me so proud because we put an awful lot of love into what we do. Because what we have is love for people in our community, for those who are visible and those who are invisible. This award is for all of you. So thank you, stay positive!”
Plus Friends Dublin is a group for people living with HIV to meet other people who are HIV Positive. The group meets up often to offer support to each other and organise social outings for its members. Events have included pub quizzes, attending the GAZE film festival, and community workshops for those who live with HIV.
Will is a gay activist from Cork who has been involved in the gay scene there since the early 1980’s. He was one of the first volunteers on the National LGBT Helpline and has continually fought for the community as part of ACT UP. The mission statement of the organisation is to eradicate the stigma of living with HIV through providing knowledge about the virus to the community.
Karl Hayden has been involved in the Dublin AIDS Alliance since 1990. He has previously worked with Body Positive, one of the constituent organisations of the alliance, along with the Irish Names Quilt. He is a filmmaker, photographer, and a long-time human, civil and LGBTQ+ rights campaigner.